I'm genuinely excited to be able to announce that @thoughtworks@twitter.com Australia now offer four weeks of paid gender transition leave to all employees! 🏳️‍⚧️

This leave, which is offered as part of our new Gender Affirmation and Transition in the Workplace policy, is a first for the Australian tech industry. I believe it will make a real, tangible difference in the lives of trans and gender diverse people.

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Trans and gender diverse people face many challenges just to be accepted for who we are, and to have bodies and appearances that don't cause distress. Many of us will choose to pursue therapy, medical transition, and/or surgical affirmation procedures.

These pursuits will drain us - emotionally, financially, and physically. Having a supportive workplace and co-workers is so important for someone who's transitioning, and having access to 4 weeks of paid leave to pursue our gender affirmation is so incredibly empowering.

I am very proud to work for a company who really walk the walk when it comes to inclusivity, culture, and supporting marginalised groups. I have had an amazing year and a half at and I'm looking forward to many more.

I hope that this launch will push other companies in the tech industry and beyond to adopt similar policies, empower unions to fight for greater in the workplace, and inspire people to step up and push for change.

If you want to know more about our new policy, trans issues, or ThoughtWorks, my DMs are open. We're hiring developers (from junior to senior) in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney at the moment 😊 🏳️‍⚧️

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